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Henry Johnson -- Department of Education
Assistant Secretary, Elementary and Secondary Education

On June 1, 2005, Henry L. Johnson was nominated by President George W. Bush to be the assistant secretary for elementary and secondary education, and was confirmed by the Senate on July 28, 2005. As assistant secretary, Johnson plays a pivotal role in policy and management issues affecting elementary and secondary education. Specifically, he directs, coordinates and recommends policy for programs designed to assist state and local education agencies with: improving the achievement of elementary and secondary school students; helping ensure equal access to services leading to such improvement for all children, particularly children who are economically disadvantaged; fostering educational improvement at the state and local levels; and providing financial assistance to local education agencies whose local revenues are affected by federal activities. Prior to joining the Department, Johnson was the state superintendent of education for the state of Mississippi. Johnson also served as the associate state superintendent of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, and as the assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction for both the Johnston County Schools (N.C.), and the Pleasantville School System (N.J.). He has over 30 years of experience as a professional educator. This includes seven years as a science and mathematics classroom teacher, three years as a principal and two years as the director of middle schools programs for the Wake County (N.C.) School System. For five years, Johnson served as the director of policy development and research for the North Carolina School Boards Association. Born in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Johnson was educated in the public schools of North Carolina. He earned his undergraduate degree in biology in 1968 at Livingstone College in Salisbury, N.C., and a master's degree in science education in 1975 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 1990, Johnson received a doctorate in school administration at North Carolina State University. Johnson is married and has two sons, a daughter and three grandchildren.

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